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Google encrypts almost all of its YouTube traffic

by Todd Haselton | August 1, 2016August 1, 2016 6:30 pm PST


Here’s something you might not know: Google encrypts almost all of the traffic heading to and from YouTube and Google Calendar. The former is the more interesting stat, though your boss probably cares more about the latter, so let’s talk about it.


Google made the announcement on Monday, noting that it is updating its monthly traffic encryption report with the two aforementioned products. Google’s chart, above, indicates that Gmail, Google Calendar and YouTube are among its most popular products, which means it’s important to keep that data safe if it wants customer trust.

HTTPS has allowed Google to encrypt data more efficiently, even video, between its servers and your smartphone, smart TV, laptop and most any other device you can think of. It said that 97 percent of YouTube data is encrypted and that the only thing holding that figure back is that some devices don’t support HTTPS fully.

Google said it expects to hit 100% as it starts to “gradually phase out insecure connections.”

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...